From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Art and Culture Quotes Page 1
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To a large place, a comfortable place, an indoor place, and preferably a beautiful place. And that's why she decided upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. (1.2)
The Met isn't known for its kid-friendly atmosphere, or for the fun things there are to do. There are no bowling alleys or arcades. But Claudia chooses it because even at her young age, she's aware that there's something important about being surrounded by art and history.
You've missed all this, Saxonberg. Shame on you! […] More than a quarter of a million people come to the museum every week […] And they all enter free of charge because that's what the museum is: great and large and wonderful and free to all. And complicated. (2.22)
To Mrs. Frankweiler and the kids, there's something pretty magical about the museum. It's so magical that it draws a large crowd of people every day, even tourists from all sorts of countries.
It was here Claudia knew for sure that she had chosen the most elegant place in the world to hide. She wanted to sit on the lounge chair that had been made for Marie Antoinette or at least sit at her writing table. (2.50)
Even at her young age, the Met speaks to Claudia because of all the old, elegant things she feels connected to. It could be just wishful thinking (because Claudia wants to be royalty), but still—she has an internal connection to these old objects that she sees. Do you ever feel connected to a part of history that you never experienced?